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Power Torque Magazine  /  January 23, 2017

The Sydney Classic & Antique Truck Show (SCAATS) cements its position as a must attend event for lovers of everything historic.

It’s a testimony to the strength and efficiency of the organisers of the sixth annual SCAATS event that within one week of the show taking place, the details of next year’s event are available on the web for all to see.

If you love everything about the history of the commercial vehicle world then there’s no better place than Penrith’s Museum of Fire for a once a year epic that attracts some amazing veterans. It’s here that you’ll find retired classic trucks and their drivers catching up to exchange stories of old, reliving times when some journeys were measured in weeks rather than days.

The Museum of Fire, Penrith hosted the sixth annual show on May 29. Fantastic weather and an even more fantastic display of trucks from years gone by with live entertainment and rides for the kids, made for a great day.

Staff and volunteers from the museum did a great job organising the event, along with assistance from sponsors Red Lea Chickens, Vintage Trucks and Commercials Magazine and Gulf Western Oil. Additional support was given by the Western Sydney Historical Truck Club and the Pioneer Timber Cutters and Machinery club.

4000 people filed through the gate on the day and old mates got together for a yarn or two and to swap technical advice. Even the young-uns were not left out with rides, stalls and an awesome RC truck track.

‘Aggressor’, the Rolls Royce Merlin V12, 27-litre powered Hydroplane boat developing 2000 hp grabbed everyone’s attention when fired up, along with firefighting re-enactments that formed additional highlights of the day

Special mention should also be given to Graham Meyer, attempting the long drive down from Tamworth in the ‘Enid May’, a 1942 Chev, former army ambulance, which suffered mechanical problems, eventually arriving on the back of a tilt tray late in the evening.

The day is a fun event with two prizes being awarded, for which the organisers take great pride in saying that the judging is basically rigged. The People’s Choice award is drawn from a barrel of all entrants, and was won by Dave Handley. Best of show is put up for auction on stage so the highest bid wins, and this was taken away by Maurice Velcich from Red Lea Chickens.

The Museum of Fire is a registered charity and all funds raised are used for developing this show and the Museum’s programmes, displays and preserving the history of our firefighters.

Dates for your diary – The 30th Annual Penrith Working Truck Show will be held at the Museum of Fire on Sunday March 19th 2017, with the 7th Annual Sydney Classic & Antique Truck Show taking place on the 21st May 2017.

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